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THE GEM Editorial. TO ALL whom it may concern, including the faculty, alumni, stu- dents of our University, and the great world which needs the uplifting influence of good literature, the Class of 1903 presents this volume with a heart-felt desire that it may prove a blessing and an inspira tion to all who may turn its pages. Turn aside its pages of history, draw aside the curtains of time, take the wings of morning and pierce primeval chaos and in that dim past you will find the record of your ancestors. Five thousand years hence posterity will search for the missing link; then and then only will the value of this book be appreciated in its true sense, for many of the golden links of life are bound up in this volume, regarded lightly now. perhaps, but then they will be cherished and prized. We desire to coin heart-throbs into sentences, in fact, to bring before you the orators, the poets, the historians, the prophets, in fact, as nearly as possible, all who have lived for the past four years of their lives on the campus of Taylor University. " The greatest study of mankind is man. ' and the next best is his history as found in his life work, his sayings, his influence as garnered from observation and placed on the printed page. True this history extends only over the brief space of four years and has gathered but a few words from the lips of those represented therein, yet an effort has been made to select such as will most nearly represent the facts, deeds and strenuous actions with which these four years have been filled. We believe you can gather from these few pages the noble aims which characterize our students, and as the student is. so is the man. We believe you can see the pure purposes of those represented in this volume without reading between the lines, but should you do so. you will only be able to add greater lustre to the just praises given. Many events have taken place since the publication of the " Gem " of 1901. some of them bright and pleasant to think upon, others which turn our thoughts in a more quiet and thoughtful channel. Since then, ci.t beloved President has left us, and is now sleeping upon the campus ci the college he loved so well. The flowers of spring bedeck his grave, the heat of summer caresses it. the melancholy winds of autumn cover it with forest leaves, and winter throws a cover of white snow in loving remembrance of his pure life. The students who knew him are seen from time to time standing over his grave, and tears are seen streaming down their cheeks as memories of former times flit across the mind and the loving father, brother and friend is recalled. But. though he has left us, the college he has founded, labored for, and wept over, goes on and every new year adds new features, new lustre, and new honors to her name.
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TAYLOR UNIVERSITY The enrollment has reached his mark, for now over two hundred answer roll call, and with the prospects of another hundred next year, the prospects for the school are bright indeed. Education is one of the important factors of this age. and the col- lege in. which it shall be obtained is the next question which confronts the young men and women of America. Four years ago, we cast our lives, for better or worse in Taylor University, and can now with truth say that we are no worse, but a great deal better than when we came. It has been for better, not for worse. True, our college life has not been all sunshine, but life with- out shadows is not the one which has been strengthened by an effort to get out in the bright sunshine. Variety is not only the spice of life, but a necessity: he who has never felt a sorrow, never experienced a disappointment, is like a plant reared in a hot house, which is unable to withstand the rugged existence which is necessary to its fullest development. Our University may be small compared with the great and rich universities of the east, yet the comparison can be made in numbers only. The work of our students along intellectual lines is up to the highest standards, and in the activities of life, none more broad hearted, generous and thoughtful can be found. Here the truest type of pure manhood and womanhood is developed, as is proven by the lives of those who have left our halls. It is with regret that we write this farewell message, as we present to you this issue of the " Gem. " But we must say farewell to our alma mater, but shall, with God ' s help, endeavor to make our lives add too rather than detract from her honors and justly deserved fame. If we follow in the way she has taught us for the last four years we cannot help but bring more praise to her. In conclusion let us say to our friends, " If we have touched your funny bones, or awakened your more serious emotions, the greatest compliment you can pay us is to say that this volume has blessed you, and been an inspiration to you to live a truer life to your fellow men and to be truer to God. Then we shall feel more than repaid for all our labors. " THE EDITORS.
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